6 Attributes of Living by Faith
- Friday, January 24, 2014
Would you characterize your life as one who lives by faith? I believe there are six attributes of a person who lives by faith.
Attribute #1: Live by the Word
Do you believe perception is reality? Perception is not always reality. You might perceive that a product you buy will do what it says it claims to do, only to discover it falls short. Sometimes we perceive things about God based on our experience versus what the Bible really says. The apostle Paul exhorts us to “live by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). Hebrews 11:1 tells us: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
God told Joshua to walk around the city 7 times by faith, not by his logic or reasoning. He had to live by the Word from God, not his perception of how illogical the command might have been for he and his troops. The Bible talks about obedience being better than sacrifice. So, live in the Word and obey his Word no matter what the perception is that might not be logical.
Attribute #2: Count Things as Though They Have Already Happened
The Bible tells us that faith is living as though the goal has already been achieved.
As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17).
We believe in the covenant promises of God (more than 7500) in the Spirit dimension– awaiting the manifestation in the physical. We must claim his promises for our situations. Once we know it is God’s will we pray in authority he has given each believer in Jesus Christ. We don’t have faith in faith, we have faith in God and his promises.
Attribute #3: Obey God in the Small Things
God always entrusts you with a small thing first before he entrusts you with the larger thing. Abraham was told simply to go, without know where he was going. He had to trust God with the outcome of that decision.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8).
I was once invited to speak to fewer than 10 people in Barbados. I wrestled with God over the logic of that invitation and the meeting. Once I obeyed, God opened many new and greater opportunities as a result of that obedience.
Attribute #4: Think Right
Sometimes we suffer from bad thinking. We mix the world’s value system in with God’s. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Negative thinking produces negative outcomes.
Fear can drive us to negative outcomes in life. It is a form of negative faith. “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes” (Job 3:25-26).
If you are trying to kick a bad habit, don't try to avoid the bad habit; think on what kind of behavior you want to have that will replace the bad habit. Think about filling the cup up; don’t focus on what is not in the cup.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).
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